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Graduate Certificate in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

Graduate Certificate in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

photo of Kristen Mandello, who teaches in the Graduate Certificate in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance

I have a passion for safeguarding human and animal health. I have more than a decade of global vigilance experience, and I am committed to working to develop creative solutions to efficiently meet global compliance standards and surveillance needs.

Kristen Mandello


This innovative program prepares the student for working in the highly regulated medical industry in the specialized area of Drug Safety or Pharmacovigilance.

Upon completion of the Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Be knowledgeable in laws, regulations, and guidelines related to drug safety and pharmacovigilance principles
  • Outline the product development process for medical products
  • Locate information necessary in their role as drug safety and pharmacovigilance professionals
  • Describe the pre-approval and approval requirements for the safety of new products, including the maintenance of those products after marketing through pharmacovigilance systems
  • Be familiar with the complex interaction between regulatory requirements and development processes for new products.
  • Apply established principles of the submission process that regulatory authorities use to evaluate new medical product applications Be familiar with safety signal monitoring and detection technologies


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The University of Georgia also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

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Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn a Graduate Certificate in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance:  17 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply to the graduate school for the Graduate Certificate program in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance and are not required to take entrance exams and submit letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to applicants with a degree in sciences, healthcare, or engineering.  Preference will also be given to applicants employed in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries, or related fields.

Applying to the Certificate in Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Program is a two-step process. You will need to submit our departmental application and an application to the UGA Graduate School.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit online to the Graduate School Admissions. Application fee: $75 Domestic/ $100 International
  2. Select Campus – Online 
  3. Select Intended Program – CERG, Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance (College of Pharmacy) [CERT_2DSP] 
  4. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  5. Statement of Purpose – Submit a one-page statement of purpose online to the Graduate School through the application system. 
  6. Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission. 
  7. Letters of Recommendation – Submit two letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically.

International Applicants – must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  June 1
  • Spring: November 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring: October 15


Tuition rates and student fees may change each year.

Based on the 2024-25 credit-hour cost, a person who had completed this program at the recommended pace would have paid $12,546 in tuition. Reference this sheet to identify the current credit hour rate for your program of interest.

Please use the Estimated Cost Calculator on the Bursar’s Office website to calculate one academic (Fall/Spring) year’s tuition. 

This program is an E-Rate program, so choose “yes” for the E-Rate line item within the calculator.

Fees for those students enrolled in exclusively online programs are $411 per semester. 

Potential additional costs include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

The complete cost of attendance can be found at

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and microphone are required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Program Structure

The program plan is ideal for working professionals and consists of 17 semester credit hours, delivered online.


PHAR 6010EPharmaceutical, Biotechnology,
and Device Industries
PHRM 7230EEthical Issues in Research3
PHAR 6140EOverview of Drug Safety
Throughout Medical Product
PHAR 6310EGood Clinical Practice Regulations
for Drugs, Biologic Products, and
Medical Devices
PHAR 7100EBiostatistical Applications for
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology


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